Lake Shore / Queensway / Queen:
Buses replace streetcars, starting May 7



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TTC CLRV #4039 picks up passengers at Humber Loops for a long journey east to Neville Park. The “safery shield” skirt is already installed on this vehicle while CLRV 4004 (seen behind) still has a coupler. This shot was snapped by W.N.Carr in August 1984.

The TTC is replacing streetcars with buses along the entire 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes — between Neville Park and Long Branch loops — starting this Sunday, May 7.

By operating buses, instead of the cars, the TTC is accommodating several upcoming construction projects, including:

  • renewing the tracks and overhead wiring on Lake Shore Boulevard West between Dwight Avenue (west of Royal York Road) and Humber Loop (already underway);
  • renewing TTC tracks and overhead wiring on The Queensway between Humber Loop and Parkside Drive (already underway);
  • rehabilitating The Queensway bridge over the Humber River (already underway);
  • improving Humber Loop (already underway);
  • rehabilitating the road structure, including the asphalt and underlying support materials, drainage, curbs, boulevards and sidewalks on Queen Street West west of Spadina Avenue;
  • upgrading the tracks, curves and switches at Queen Street West and McCaul Street; and
  • upgrading the tracks on Coxwell Avenue between Fairford Street / Upper Gerrard Street East and Queen Street East.

Another project likely to affect TTC service on Queen is the project to rebuild the pedestrian overpass linking the CF Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay Queen Street store just west of Yonge Street.

Buses have already replaced the cars west of Roncesvalles Avenue for the Lake Shore West, Humber Loop and The Queensway projects since January 8.

Starting Sunday, the TTC operates buses on two shuttle routes:

  • 301L / 501L Queen — between Neville Park and Long Branch loops at all times every day; and
  • 501P Queen — between Neville Park and Park Lawn loops at all times except overnight every day.

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Buses serving both routes follow identical paths east of The Queensway and Windermere Avenue. Between Queensway / Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West / Park Lawn Road, buses serving the 301L / 501L route operate both ways along Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West. Buses serving the 501P route operate both ways along The Queensway and Park Lawn.

Saturday, May 6 is the last day that the TTC operates buses along the 501M shuttle route between Windermere and Marine Parade. (Buses on this route have partially replaced streetcars since Monday, January 3.) Saturday is also the last day that buses serving the 301L / 501L shuttle route operate along Dufferin Street, Springhurst Avenue and Fort Rouille Street or through Dufferin Gate Loop.

Buses continue to replace the cars at least until early September.

Since the TTC is not using streetcars for 301 / 501 Queen passengers, it can reassign the cars to other routes:

  • resuming streetcar service along the 503 Kingston Rd route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours;
  • operating streetcars only, instead of cars and some buses, along the 504 King route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours; and
  • resuming streetcar service along the 511 Bathurst route every day at all times except overnight.

Buses continue to replace streetcars along the 502 Downtowner route, since some of these construction projects also disrupt service along that route.